World Mental Health Day
10/11/2021 08:15:29 The epidemic had a full impact on the Spanish population, affecting not only their daily lives but also their mental health. It has also had repercussions in the business world since its emotional state and workload suffered last year. According to the Official College of Psychology in Madrid, psychological counseling has increased by about 20%. Companies, for their part, are not immune to this because, according to Sodexo’s study of the challenges of Spanish companies in the era of COVID-19, 60% of organizations consider work-life balance and the physical and emotional well-being of employees. The most critical startup challenge, and 32% of companies are also emerging as a challenge to relieve stress from hyper-connectivity, which emerges through remote working.
In this sense, remote work and the fear of dismissal in the midst of a health crisis has led to workers’ obsession with performing better and always being available to their companies, giving rise to syndromes such as toxic productivity, Which refers to the need to produce more fear and uncertainty which causes a certain mental obstacle to enjoy personal life and leisure time. But, contrary to what it seems, it can cause the opposite effect and employee productivity decreases. Thus toxic productivity becomes a syndrome that companies must combat and one of its main effects is that it collides head-on with the work-life balance, which is increasingly valued among employees. In fact, according to the study Randstad Employer Brand Research 2021In Spain, after salary (70%), it is the factor that is most taken into account by workers (66%).
Companies should strive to avoid the emergence of such syndromes among their employees and implement a strategy that takes into account The comprehensive well-being of professionals, including physical and mental health. For this, and as a reason for World Mental Health Day, Sodexo Benefits and Incentives He offers some tips that companies can apply to make this happen:
- Create a culture of care and well-being. According to a HAYS survey, 64% of professionals claim to have experienced job anxiety or fatigue since the start of the pandemic. Encouraging the application of healthy habits, from a physical and emotional perspective, has positive effects on the well-being of employees, and therefore their mental health. Habits that avoid access to these situations are easier to get hold of if a company’s benefits policy offers services in this line, such as making access to wellness programs that encourage personalized care through physical exercise and practices focused on mental well-being.
- Flexibility to receive help if needed. Sometimes, ensuring your emotional well-being requires professional help. Facilitating this assistance from companies will improve the mental health of the workforce, either by providing it internally or by providing flexibility to attend appointments. Organizations are realizing the importance of psychological support and it is something they are beginning to consider as part of their benefits plans. According to a Sodexo report, 28% of companies are considering including services such as meditation or practices focused on psychological well-being.
- Upgrade (extra) leave if needed. Avoiding work overload or excessive contact are some of the key aspects so that some work-related syndromes in general and stress in particular do not develop. Enjoying quality leisure time helps reduce these risks, so it is advisable to encourage separation and take advantage of the benefits offered by flexibility, which is closely associated with telecommuting, but can also be applied in face-to-face or hybrid work systems; It even saves more free time than initially provided.
- good luck. Balancing personal and working life is increasingly appreciated and demanded by professionals. Taking control of everyday things in a simple way, both in the workplace and personally and in terms of a combination of the two, reduces stress levels and increases the overall degree of employee satisfaction, which benefits the mental state. In the case of mothers and fathers workers, services such as custody check facilitate this type of day-to-day management.
“The mental health of employees is something companies should not neglect. After the emotional burden they have suffered over the past year and a half, organizations should pay special attention to integrated employee care and implement initiatives that help take care of not only their physical health but also their mental health so that it is possible to reconcile Between personal life and full work “, Establish Miriam Martin, Sodexo تسويق Marketing Director.